SINCE 2001,when PraiseMoves was created by Dr. Laurette Willis, Praisemoves has been called “The Christian ALTERNATIVE to yoga” for a reason.
Let’s start by looking at how Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines yoga.
“Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation.”
So since yoga is a part of the Hindu religion, PraiseMoves cannot be “Christian yoga.” Since it would then be a contradiction. PraiseMoves is not about trying to blend a yoga-like style with the personal relationship you have with Jesus Christ (Christianity). That cannot be done.
PraiseMoves as defined on Dr. Laurette Willis’s Praisemoves.com
“PraiseMoves is a series of stretching and strength-building postures, each linked to a verse of Scripture we focus upon while doing the posture. For example, during The Angel posture, we are meditating upon or speaking aloud Psalm 91:11, “For He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.”
There are also modifications for PraiseMoves postures for those with physical challenges, and advanced versions of the postures, such as Advanced Angel.
In this way, we are not only building strength, flexibility and balance in our bodies; we are also being “transformed by the renewing of (our) minds” on the Word of God (Romans 12:2), nourishing our spirits and praising the Lord through His Word.
We are experiencing the truth of PraiseMoves’ foundation scripture, “For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” 1st Corinthians 6:20.
It is our belief that the postures are NOT the foundation of PraiseMoves. The Word of God, as found in the Bible is the foundation. The exercises are the “witty invention” to get you more into the Word, and to get more of the Word into you!”